Tenby Sailing Club

By Observer Reporter in Sailing

Club Sailing

Easter Saturday saw two early evening races run for the first time by James, ably assisted by Peter. Four Ospreys and a Comet competed over a triangular course with up wind start out to sea. The north-westerly provided an upwind leg in, towards first point, followed by a tightish reach across towards St. Catherines then a broader reach back to the start. In the first race Ted/Lucas in their Osprey took a slight lead on the first beat with Jaime/Steve and Mike/Deanna breathing down their necks. Hitting the leeward mark didn’t help their cause, the penalty turn enabling the others to close right up, then Jaime/Steve assumed the lead upwind, only to lose it again on the next lap. Restored to the lead, Ted/Lucas then chose to fly their spinnaker on the tight reach believing the nasty gusts had eased. Wrong choice! Gusts at the end of the leg saw them overpowered and hitting the gybe mark this time. Another penalty turn and the two leaders were neck and neck, Ted/Lucas taking the win by a small distance. In the second race, Jaime/Steve sailed away; two fast beats followed by good spinnaker work established a substantial lead and a deserved win. Ted/Lucas were second John in the Comet third, then Richard/Alistair, Mike/Deanna having retired.

Come and try

The club will be taking part in the RYA ‘Push the Boat Out’ scheme again this year, offering anyone who wants a go at sailing to have a go in club boats with experienced helms. The event will be on Sunday, May 21; if you would like to have a go, please contact Ted Lewis on lewisedward1@googlemail.com to book your place.

Junior training

The conditions were much improved last Wednesday;  the tide was in, sea flat and wind blowing force 2-4 from the west. All the beginners managed to do their first solo sail in Optimists and mastered the art of turning so that they all came back! The stage three group in Teras also performed well and had not forgotten their skills learnt last season. The stage four group were introduced to double handed sailing in Fevas. We now have four Fevas, including the two new boats purchased recently. The racing group was given instruction on starts, best place to be on the line etc and we look forward to some regular racing for this group. Many thanks to all the Instructors and parents who help during these sessions. At least 15 people help to make these training nights possible. 

The evening finished with the usual BBQ food in the club.

Membership renewal

Renewals were due in January. The first full member in a household is £60. The senior citizen rate now applies to those aged 65 and above. For those who wish to re-join, there is no re-joining fee. If you would like to set-up an annual standing order for your membership fees, please contact memberships@tenbysailingclub.org.uk. All forms etc are available on the club website.

Volunteers needed

We are presently short of a club secretary. If you would like to help, please email Ted Lewis on lewisedward1@googlemail.com

Summer Sailing 2017

Club races will take place Tuesday evenings (once it`s light enough) and Saturday late afternoon. The season started on April 1 and will continue every Saturday at 5 pm.

Junior sailing will be on Wednesday evenings, see above.

Cup races will be first Saturday in the month when there will be three short races in a mini series for that months cup.

The club championship will remain over all races from April to end September.

There will be early, mid and late series as the summer progresses.

The club regatta and Round Caldey Island race are scheduled for June 24 and 25, and the club will be running the National Championship of the RS200 class of dinghy from Saturday, August 26, to Thursday, August 31. Volunteers will be needed to help with both events, both on and off the water. In particular, the RS200 Nationals will be the biggest event hosted by the club in 10 years with over 100 double handed boats expected. Please diarise now and register your intention/availability to help by contacting our national race officer and TSC nationals co-ordinator, Mark Dashfield on (01834) 844918 or email nationals@tenbysailingclub.org.uk.

Some time during the summer, a Cruise in Company may be organised to a local beach.

Forthcoming events

Friday, May 12: New bar launch party; Saturday, May 13: Junior Race Training Day - further details to follow; Sunday, May 21: Come and Try, part of the RYA Push the Boat Out scheme, see above; Saturday, June 24: Tenby Regatta - Dinghies; Sunday, June 25: Caldey Island - Dinghies and Cruisers; Saturday, July 22: Tenby Passage Race; August 26-30: RS200 Nationals.

Website

The club’s website can be found at www.tenbysailingclub.org.uk; the club and details of events going on can be found on Facebook and Twitter. New members welcome; sailors, aspirant sailors and non sailors. We are a members club run by volunteers who try to involve all members in a variety of activities both sailing and social. To enquire about joining call at the clubhouse, contact any member who will be pleased to help, or contact us on line.

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